Jul 18, 2004 9:18am
"It's worth remembering that these files were being encoded in early 2001, when affordable DVD burners were but a theoretical idea. Nonetheless, I agree it's rather vexing."
I understand; I'm just trying to figure out how to fix it now that the damage has been done. :)
"I was suggesting conversion to 352x480 because it would mean a very similar filesize, and then, I hoped, would then play correctly in the DVD version - it sounds like movie players like Windows Media Player currently aren't getting the right stretching info, because of the non-standard width.
I _think_ that converting it to 352*480 and making sure that info was properly embedded in the MPEG would result in basically the correct aspect ratio. [I don't know if that's easy/possible.]"
Again, why 352x480? Even if the ratio will be correct--if the trouble is going to be taken to convert in the first place, why not just do 720x480, the DVD standard? Unless you want to keep the smaller file size to conserve server space and speed up download times, in which case I would offer that, from what I've read, the emphasis here at the Archive seems to be on quality, and I would think that converting to the DVD standard would achieve the best results. Of course, I could be way off base here, and often am.
'Remember the WIDTH doesn't matter, since the width is 'hard coded' so to speak, when you encode the video. The width is always stretched to the full playback width according to the aspect ratio on the MPEG (MPEG Aspect Ratio (1.333*480 for svcd for example). Thats why a CVD (352x480) looks 'right', just like an SVCD (480x480) looks right. Both stretch back out to 640x480 with a 4:3 MPEG aspect ratio. View them with any software player that doesn't understand the 'Aspect Ratio Property', and you'll see very tall, very skinny people.'"
Thanks for that info; understood.
"So I suspect the current 368*480 MPEG 2s have busted aspect ratio info, at least in some players, hence the issue."
The main issue with 368x480 is that it isn't compatible with DVD at >all<.
"The only worry would be whether that 16 pixel loss would result in noticable squashing (it'd be horizontally squashed about 5 percent, right?)
See what I mean?"
I see what you mean. I do know that, if encoded to the 720x480 DVD standard, although the raw mpeg file will be squished a bit during playback on Windows Media Player, DVD playback will be correct. I've now tested it. I can't vouch for 352x480. Anyone?
"PS - I am _not_ a coder or author of the derivers, just the forum admin trying to work out what's wrong."
Hey, I'm sure you know more about it than me! I assure you I meant no disrespect whatsoever; please let me know if I've stepped on any toes, and if I have, don't hesitate to rap my knuckles (or toes) a bit. :o I'm just trying to understand this craziness. Whoever decreed that there should be 12 zillion different video formats/resolutions/ratios/framerates should have their toenails removed with icepicks. :)